The Virtues of Modularity: Transmutations of the Lienü zhuan in Early Modern Japan
Lienü zhuan, the classic Han dynasty collection of biographies of exemplary women, was published in Japan in 1653, and translated into Japanese two years later. Over the next several decades, Lienü zhuan inspired a variety of new publications featuring biographical sketches of Japanese women. This lecture examines the strategies by which early modern books for women reshape and redeploy biographical sketches to create new ideals, in the broader context of early modern commercial publishing.
This keynote address is part of the 7th Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference.
Jamie Newhard is an associate professor of Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis.
A recording of the event is available through the CEAS YouTube channel.